New Defender's Study Bible Notes
5:22 appearance of evil. A Christian’s testimony is vitally important, for it may well affect the eternal destiny of others. His question about a given act should not be: “What’s wrong with doing this?” Rather, he should be guided by this question: “What’s right and positive about doing this?” Both wrong behavior, and behavior which could appear to be wrong should be avoided by the conscientious Christian (note Romans 14:21; I Corinthians 6:12; 10:31-32; etc.).